Seth Swirsky, in this article on Real Clear Politics, states that Al Gore would be the most effective candidate for the Democrats in the current election, if only they would pay attention to him.
I think Mr. Swirsky is on crack.
In dismissing John Edwards as a lightweight for not carrying his home state of North Carolina as VP in 2004, he glosses over the fact that Gore did not carry his home state of Tennessee as the Presidential nominee in 2000.
I for one think that Al Gore has declined into well a deserved peripheral role as the current environmental messiah. Touting religion to like minded eco-nuts is far easier, and more lucrative than submitting to the media meat grinder that is Presidential politics. Also, after seeing what passes for "science" on the web site for "An Inconvenient Truth" I conclude that most environmental activists don't know jack about science or technology, and that Al Gore is more a snake oil salesman than statesman.
It makes me very glad that Al Gore was not President on 9/11/2001, and convinces me that the Democratic Party is correct for not considering him in 2008.